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Distributed Canvassing: Clearing the Turf in Political Zones

NGP VAN has developed a new tool to help Campaigners become more efficient with their overall workflow, and reduce the number of steps that have traditionally been involved in the Campaign process. Instead of the standard top down approach where volunteers would have to seek out a campaign manager, receive mapping from said manager, and then acquire a list of voters, the manager can use Distributed Canvassing, which enables the Organizer to set up a “universe” and indicate the amount of houses a volunteer would be listed to go to, which is then systematized by the app, the organizer then would give out a list number, and an individualized turf is generated for the anyone who volunteers depending on geographic location. Distributed Canvassing came from an app developed by NGP VAN called Knock10, which in collaboration with the DNC was developed to make entry into the political process easier for potential volunteers getting involved and getting in touch with voters. The amount of time saved due to Distributed Canvassing is one of the biggest benefits those engaged in the political process can take from this program, with individual campaign teams using the program in creative ways to create zones for volunteers, ranging from micro-level to even statewide “universes” NGP VAN in addition to this Distributed Canvassing service, has also created MiniVAN, in order to streamline data entry for potential Campaigners. NGP VAN works to create political progressive software that streamlines the political process for grassroots organizations like LGBTQ groups, and their Distributed Canvassing program itself is currently in a beta form. Cutting out overhead and easing the point of entry for campaigners (in terms of both time and money) NGP VAN is working to make the political process run on a more even playing field when it comes to allocating campaign data, especially for organizers who are tight on resources in their area.

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Thor Halvorssen: Activisim for the Betterment of Humanity

There are many people that claim to be defenders and crusaders of human rights. However, not many of them are ready to do everything that it takes to ensure that every human is treated with dignity regardless of their color, wealth or other conditions of life. However, Thor Halvorssen is one activist with a different mindset. He has been the champion of the will of the defenseless for a number of years now and if his success is anything to go by, it pays to help other humans get better treatment from the government and society in general.

Thor is a citizen of Venezuela by birth. Many people have described him as one that was born into the life of activism because both his parents were activists. His father was originally Norwegian while his mother came from the lineage of one of the founding fathers of the nation of Venezuela. When he was a teenager, he watched his father get tortured under a cruel and dictatorial regime. This really changed his outlook on life and thus came his decision to become an activist and learn more about Thor.

He founded the Oslo Freedom Forum. This is a human rights gathering that has been gaining following and has such a huge momentum that currently it has been described as the human rights equivalent of the Davos economic forum. He has also been through a lot in his attempts to advocate for human rights. For instance, there was a time when he was captured in Vietnam when covering a human rights interest story in their prison system. One of his cameramen had to escape with the video tape hidden in his person because their captors wanted it destroyed and more information click here.

He says that he does not believe in the kind of activism where people group together depending on their shared beliefs. He is a lover of all people, but describes himself as a hater of humanity because of their inhumane nature. He states that he does not discriminate against anyone and that as long as he is running in the same cause with a person, then the person is fit enough to be called his friend. Thor is a truly inspirational filmmaker and activist.

Outspoken Thor Halvorssen

Thor Halvorssen, orator, human rights activist, and film producer is the founder of the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) located in New York City, New York. Under his activist leadership, the HRF does many things to improve freedoms, human conditions and defeat dictatorships. One program, Exposing Dictatorships discourages celebrities from performing in locations subject to dictator ruling, in addition they publicly berate American Public Relation firms for exchanging their services for “donations” to their firms. This list has included but has not been limited to:

  • Jennifer Lopez for her performance in Turkmenistan;
  • Kanye West, who performed at President Mursultan Nazabavev’s grandson’s wedding in Kazakhstan;
  • Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj for their performances in Angola.
  • The Leon H. Sullivan Foundation in Equatorial Guinea who is believed to have cleaned up President Teodoro Obiang’s public image of operating the country with no concern for human rights.

Through his film producing efforts, Thor has persistently attempted to advocate against suppression and educate people about poor conditions across the globe regarding human rights. Among these efforts are movies:

  • Freedom’s Fury is a documentary that focuses on the 1956 Summer Olympics in Australia. More specifically the semifinal water polo competition between the then USSR and Hungary, which would come to be known as the violent “blood in the water match.” This film debuted in 2006 at the Tribeca Film Festival on the 50th anniversary of the event.
  • Released in 2009, the science fiction movie, 2081 projects a possible future America, where individual inequality has been eliminated by the make-believe 211th, 212th, and 213th amendments to the constitution.
  • The Singing Revolution, another 2006 film is about Estonians who together fight against Russian occupation by singing patriotic songs. Certainly, not your typical idea of a revolution, but it makes the point regarding human suppression.

There are others, along with numerous written publications; however, the important note to make here is that Thor Halvorssen, offers expertise in the fields of human and civil rights.



Thor Halvorssen’s Gritty Strain of Political Activism

Thor Halvorssen Mendoza might only be 39 years old but he’s done more in those three decades than most people do with fifty. For those who are not aware, Thor Halvorssen Mendoza is the founder of the well known activist organization and think tank, The HUman Rights Foundation as well as a vociferous opponent of tyranny the world over. Halvorssen is perhaps most well known for his various media appearances on such widely televised programs as FOX, CNN as well as RT tv where he’s typically called on as a expert in regards to the pitfalls of socialism and it’s relation to tyranny and dictatorial power structures.

Thor Halvorssen’s knowledge of socialism and it’s potentially destructive impact on society is so highly regarded because it’s not purely theoretical. Indeed, Mr. Halvorssen, as well as many members of his immediate family have had their lives turned upside down by the dire machinations of socialist regimes. For instance, Halvorssen’s great grandfather, Oystein, a former consulate to Venezuala during the stressful period of World War 2 often engaged Nazis in furious argumentation that frequently escalated into vicious fist fights.

Similarly, Halvorssen’s father, the well known businessman and CEO of CANTV, Thor Halvorssen Hellum, was arrested during a investigation into a corrupt Venezuelan banking company, and subsequently imprisoned for 74 days on charges of terrorism. Halvorssen himself was furiously beaten during a semi-covert trip to interview Thich Quang Do, the leader of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam who had been placed under house arrest after having his church and organization banned by the authorities of Ho Chi Minh City. Halvorssen was able to sneak into Quang Do’s house and record a lengthy and informative interview but was discovered and arrested as he left the house. Huffington Post says that, whilst in prison, Halvorssen was beaten black and blue but was able to get the last laugh by sneaking the video card containing his interview with Thich Quang Do out via a confederate who hid the video card in his rectum.

Needless to say, Thor Halvorssen, unlike many other prominent activists, is more than just talk. He’s the kind of guy who is completely willing to role up his sleeves and get down in the dirt and the mud to make a positive difference. Find Thor on Facebook and other social media sites to keep up with his news and event information.